San Francisco’s Moscone Center has received LEED Gold certification, the first convention center on the West Coast to attain the green-building honor. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The LEED rating system offers four certification levels for new construction and major renovations — Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

The Moscone Center achieved LEED Gold as the result of a $56 million renovation. The center, which hosts an average of four major events each month, attracted more than 900,000 attendees in 2010-11. It’s within walking distance of more than 30,000 hotel rooms. Details on its green efforts HERE.